Our 101 Guide to the Different Types of Yoga!

There are so many benefits of yoga – including lower blood pressure, increased strength and bone density, increased flexibility and reduced anxiety. Plus, who doesn’t want to look cool walking around with their yoga mat? With the rise of yoggie/flexie/healthy/foodie types on Instagram, Yoga has become a very popular exercise. However, with so many different options available it is hard to know which one is right for you. Geraldine Beirne, yogie/yoga teacher based in London (yogawithgeraldine.com) provides a really simple breakdown into the most common forms of yoga available.

IYENGAR YOGA

Iyengar and ashtanga yoga come from the same lineage – the teachers who developed these styles (BKS Iyengar and the late Pattabhi Jois) were both taught by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Many of the asanas (postures) are the same, but the approach is different. Iyengar yoga is great for learning the subtleties of correct alignment. Props – belts, blocks and pillow-like bolsters – help beginners get into poses with correct alignment, even when they’re new to them, injured or simply stiff. Anusara yoga is a more modern form of Iyengar.

ASHTANGA YOGA

Ashtanga is a more vigorous style of yoga. It offers a series of poses, each held for only five breaths and punctuated by a half sun salutation to keep up the pace. You can either attend a regular class or the more traditional Mysore style (see below).

MYSORE STYLE YOGA

Ashtanga yoga taught one-to-one in a group setting. Students turn up at any time within a three-hour window to do their own practice as taught by their teacher. This is my preferred style of learning yoga and, I think, the safest and most traditional. You go at your own pace, on your own breath.

VINYASA YOGA

Teachers lead classes that flow from one pose to the next without stopping to talk about the finer points of each pose. That way, students come away with a good workout as well as a yoga experience. If you’re new to yoga, it is a good idea to take a few classes in a slower style of yoga first to get a feel for the poses. Vinyasa flow is really an umbrella term for many other styles. Some studios call it flow yoga, flow-style yoga, dynamic yoga or vinyasa flow. It is influenced by ashtanga yoga.

BIKRAM YOGA

Bikram yoga is the favourite of anyone who loves to sweat. It was created by Indian yogi Bikram Choudhury in the early 1970s. He designed a sequence of 26 yoga poses to stretch and strengthen the muscles as well as compress and “rinse” the organs of the body. The poses are done in a heated room to facilitate the release of toxins. Every bikram class you go to, anywhere in the world, follows the same sequence of 26 poses.

KUNDALINI YOGA

Kundalini yoga was designed to awaken energy in the spine. Kundalini yoga classes include meditation, breathing techniques such as alternate nostril breathing, and chanting, as well as yoga postures.

HATHA YOGA

Hatha yoga really just means the physical practice of yoga (asanas as opposed to, say, chanting). Hatha yoga now commonly refers to a class that is not so flowing and bypasses the various traditions of yoga to focus on the asanas that are common to all. It is often a gentle yoga class.

YIN YOGA

Yin yoga comes from the Taoist tradition and focuses on passive, seated postures that target the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Poses are held for anywhere between one and 10 minutes. The aim is to increase flexibility and encourage a feeling of release and letting go. It is a wonderful way to learn the basics of meditation and stilling the mind. As such, it is ideal for athletic types who need to release tension in overworked joints, and it is also good for those who need to relax.

RESTORATIVE YOGA

Restorative yoga is all about healing the mind and body through simple poses often held for as long as 20 minutes, with the help of props such as bolsters, pillows and straps. It is similar to yin yoga, but with less emphasis on flexibility and more on relaxing.

JIVAMUKTI YOGA

Founded in 1984 by David Life and Sharon Gannon, Jivamukti means “liberation while living”. This is a vinyasa-style practice with themed classes, often including chanting, music and scripture readings. Jivamukti teachers encourage students to apply yogic philosophy to their daily life.

So there you have it. Hopefully this helps give you a better idea into what is the right yoga for you. A few girls in the Naked Tan office practice a couple of different forms (depending on how they are feeling). Why not try out one you haven’t tried before! Who knows, you might be the next Instagram Yogie extraordinare!

Until next time,

Naked Tan x
Words from The Guardian UK and Geraldine Beirne 

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Want radiant, glowing skin? 4 simple tips you can do each night to help give you get a more radiant glow!

How do Victoria Secret models get that radiant glow? Yeah, it is probably the tonne of bronzer, army of award winning make up artists, photo shop and their regimented fitness and eating regimes (…did I mention the photo shop?). But there is nothing sexier than a woman with a beautiful, natural glow to their face. To top that glow off with a gorgeous Naked Tan – you will be an absolute showstopper walking down the street! Below are four simple steps that you can start doing every night before you go to bed to help promote a more gradient glow.

1. AVOID HOT, HOT WATER

We all love a good hot, steamy shower – especially in winter. A steamy shower may feel great, but it’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin. The heat strips essential oils and blood vessels respond by dilating in an effort to cool the skin, causing flushing and ruddiness. When you’re in your 20’s, you can take a hot shower, be red & swollen and recover in an hour, but in your thirties, it may take 2-3 hours. By your 40’s, your skin just doesn’t have the ability to shrink back to its original state so you stay ruddy all the time. We aren’t saying you need to have cold showers in the middle of winter but try and have it as warm/mild as you can handle!

2. MILK, MILK, BABY.

An unusual one but one worth trying out. Milk (yep, as is cows, goats or sheep milk) not only helps reduce dark pigments and spots but also is very nourishing to the skin and works while you sleep. Each night before bed splash a small amount of milk on your face. Massage into your skin using upward strokes, til the milk is totally absorbed by your skin. Wash your face with a mild face wash afterwards (to get rid of any milky smell) and pat dry. We are still trying this one out and are excited to see the results!

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3. HAVE A GLASS OF WATER BEFORE BED.

Sometimes during the day we forgot to drink our 8 glasses a day. Getting into the habit of a glass before bed is great routine. Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes. It also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, and preventing dehydration, which can cause the appearance of wrinkles. Drinking water can make the skin appear fuller (since the hyaluronic acid that naturally exists in skin will pull in and hold the water for a wrinkle-plumping effect). So for once water bloat is a good thing, right?

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4. ENJOY THE ZZZZ’s

We know, you’ve heard it all before, but it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Sleep deprivation lowers circulation, which is why you look pale and washed out if you only get a few hours. It’s also the best time to rejuvenate your skin. Your body’s cellular renewal team has the night shift, so this is when you want to equip your skin with as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients it needs to do a fine job. So for once someone is telling you to hit snooze and enjoy it!

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If you have any other tips on how to maintain a radiant glow – let us know on our Facebook page! We love hearing from our Naked Tan Goddesses!

Until next time,

Naked Tan x

5 Tips On How To Master A Natural Looking Tan In Winter

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We get it, winter can be miserable. It’s cold, rainy and you are lacking any sort of vitamin D. Being constantly covered in turtlenecks, scarves, jackets and boots, your skin can feel dry, pale and unloved. Next thing you know you have a date, work event or engagement party and you realise that your legs will be on display for the first time in months! You know you need some sort of tan but don’t want to go over the top or look like you are obviously wearing fake tan. With everyone else being so pale you feel your usual ‘fake tan routine’ (which you know like the back of your hand because you’ve done it all through the Summer months) might contrast a little too much with everyone else.

Sure, we hear you. Wearing Naked Tan becomes second nature. But you definitely need to adjust your tanning routine depending on the season. The key to a perfect winter tan is to look as natural as possible. Unless you’ve been on a tropical getaway, a Bali-style bronze in the depths of winter will look…odd. Below are a few tips on how to take that Oompa Loompa fear factor away and how to master a natural looking tan in winter.

1. Exfoliate – and exfoliate well.

We aren’t talking about a willy nilly rub over with an exfoliate gel. We mean getting down and dirty in the shower and spending a good 10 minutes with an exfoliation glove and soap body exfoliator. You skin gets so dry in winter, so you want to remove as much dead skin as possible to create an even surface for a smooth application.

2. Shave…

We get it ladies, winter is our time to be lazy (you know you’ve reached a low point when your leg hairs begin to creep out through your stockings!). We’ve all been there. But before you tan make sure you shave those legs and underarms! Again, it provides a smooth application process.

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3. Moisture. Moisture. Moisture

We always recommend moisturising after a shower on your hands, elbows, knees and ankles before tanning but in winter it is important to be a little more generous. Your skin becomes very dry in winter and literally drinks up any moisture it is given! After a shower moisturise all over (be generous) and let it sink in before you apply your Naked Tan. This allows for an even, smooth application.

4. Go light or go home.

When tanning start with a small amount and only cover small body surface areas at a time. This way you can control the colour build up. Only do 1 and make sure you are standing in natural light when applying to ensure you can see just how dark your tan is getting. Also avoid applying too much tan on your face. Your face can get very dry in winter and your tan can begin to flake. You can build up your tan on your face using bronzer.

5. Does my tan match these shoes?

This years A/W2015 fashion is so gorgeous – full of loose knits, scarves and monochrome colour palettes. Choose colours to wear that compliment a lovely light glow. Rather than wearing pastels and blacks opt for shades of camels, beige, khaki, slate grey’s and whites that will really make your tan pop.

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So there you have it! Hopefully you take a couple of points away from this. We know a tan is an instant confidence booster, so spray tanning all year round is a great solution and following the above tips will ensure your tan game is ON POINT this season!

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Until next time,

Naked Tan x